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Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

Nov 21st, 2017 | By
Income ETFs in focus as global dividends hit record highs

The world’s largest 1,200 companies distributed a third-quarter record of $328.1 billion (£248bn) in dividends, according to research from Janus Henderson, putting a new full-year record for 2017 comfortably within reach. The dividend windfall is likely to enhance the appeal of equity income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



Sector ETFs set to be impacted by changes to GICS

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

MSCI and S&P Dow Jones Indices have announced changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) that will see the telecommunication services sector being broadened and renamed as communication services. The changes are set to affect ETFs that provide exposure to the telecoms, technology and consumer discretionary sectors, and will take effect in September 2018.



BlackRock launches dividend and buyback ETF on Cboe

Nov 14th, 2017 | By
BlackRock launches dividend and buyback ETF on Cboe

BlackRock has launched the iShares US Dividend and Buyback ETF (DIVB US) on Cboe ETF Marketplace, providing access to US equities with a history of dividend payments, share buybacks or both. Martin Small, head of US iShares at BlackRock, commented: “We believe all investors should evaluate DIVB as a complement, or wholesale replacement, for the traditional high dividend or dividend growth allocation.”



S&P DJI announces S&P GSCI composition for 2018

Nov 13th, 2017 | By
S&P Dow Jones Indices announces S&P GSCI composition for 2018

S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced the composition and weights of the S&P GSCI Index for 2018. The S&P GSCI is a world production-weighted commodity index tracked by two US-listed ETFs. In 2018, the index will be composed of 24 exchange-traded futures contracts on physical commodities across five sectors – energy, industrial metals, precious metals, agricultural and livestock.



ETF flows can impact underlying constituent share prices, finds KBW

Nov 9th, 2017 | By
KBW reports on share price impact of ETF flows

Large flows to and from ETFs that are significant shareholders in their underlying constituents relative to those constituents’ average daily trading volumes are likely to impact the share prices of the those constituents, according to research from investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW).



LSE reports October ETF trading volume up 3%

Nov 8th, 2017 | By
LSE reports October ETF trading volume up 3%

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has reported that total on-exchange value traded for ETFs in October 2017 was £27 billion through 290k trades, an increase of 3% compared to October 2016. The average order book trade size for ETFs was £38k during the month.



Exponential rise in indices spells “death of benchmarking”, argues Bernstein

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
There are (way) more indices in the world than stocks

The number of indices available to investors has risen exponentially in the past few years, from less than 1000 in 2012 to well over a million today, a period that has also witnessed a sharp increase in assets invested in products that track indices, including ETFs. A recent report from Bernstein argues that this rapid expansion does not represent a triumph of indices but rather the “last hurrah” or “death of benchmarking” altogether.



Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Equium Capital rolls out ETF share class of tactical allocation fund

Toronto-based Equium Capital has unveiled an ETF share class for its global tactical allocation fund, which was launched in March 2017. The ETF shares will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the name Equium Global Tactical Allocation Fund (ETAC).



SIX reports slowdown in ETF turnover

Nov 3rd, 2017 | By
SIX reports slowdown in ETF turnover

SIX Swiss Exchange reported a 13.7% drop in Q3 ETF trading volumes compared to Q2, with the majority of the decrease accounted for by equity ETFs, after the benchmark Swiss Market Index SMI traded sideways for much of the quarter. The year-on-year decline was a relatively modest 3.6%.



Exponential ETFs launches reverse cap weighted S&P 500 ETF

Nov 2nd, 2017 | By
Phil Bak, CEO of Exponential ETFs

Exponential ETFs has unveiled the Reverse Cap Weighted US ETF (CBOE: RVRS), providing exposure to S&P 500 equities weighted by the inverse of their relative market capitalization. Phil Bak, CEO of Exponential ETFs, commented: “Market capitalization weighting exposes investors to a concentrated portfolio and an extreme bias toward mega-capitalization companies, which can result in returns being left on the table. With RVRS, we’re solving this problem.”